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Not quite ready for Hollywood--yet! Me, 2003ish

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... 9 yrs after my profile photo, in May 2013, on my cellphone...yep, it's "almost 60" me! LOL

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Life is most certainly a roller coaster ride! SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE!
... Dec 29th was my 66th birthday~ HURRAY!
Before SP, I went from size 22 to size 14-16 on my own. Then crazy things happened... SP has been a godsend since 2007...

***in January 2010, I was on steroids for, a bit and LOST weight (?!) but when I went OFF them--I gained back 40 pounds! And the inches came back with them! Yikes! LOL
... I lost most of it again--and then, colon cancer,diagnosed 4/26/2010. As of August 2010, I was in remission--
But my weight?? There have been side effects... LOL

***It is Memorial Day, 2019, and I am celebrating it alone at home after surgery for cancer. A different one from 2010... and life goes on... this is my second surgery for this round. The first was the 29th of April, an endometrial resection along with the biopsy that found the cancer. So far, totally different from the last, except for the pain afterward... LOL

My continuing challenges are to gain strength, flexibility, energy, and overall health--instead of pounds--with a host of health obstacles: diabetes, neuropathy, chronic kidney disease, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, something labeled "undifferentiated connective tissue disease"...add the aftermath of five other non-cancer-related surgeries, two major vitamin deficiencies, and a kidney-related version of GOUT... plus a "minor" case of asthma... not to mention, cataracts... And... I am waiting for the results of a DNA test to identify whether I have defective "repair genes" that can cause unrelated multiple primary cancers! Charming, right? LOL It's called Lynch syndrome...

In the middle of all this, I've been able to attend church fairly regularly, my laptop crashed, again and again, I got and spent a windfall in the form of a 401K I didn't even know existed but had to spend most of it or lose it, and I'm settled into my new home thanks to my previous landlord NOT paying his mortgage. The bank said "Everybody out!..." Facing a similar situation since the landlord in my 4yrs "new" housing just raised the rent to 85% of my income...

All this would make a great melodrama, don't you think? LOL

I love my church,and my Lord Jesus Christ. I love SP, the people, the teams, the tools-- It's SO nice to have such positive influences... Life is all about change, and I plan to continue making great changes with the help of SP and all my friends, on earth and elsewhere...
... the more the merrier!
Every morning I wake up... is a GOOD DAY! LOL

Member Since: 6/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 165,988

My Goals:
When I found out my Lean body mass is 137 pounds (?!) My goal was less than that--no wonder I was having problems with what I was eating!--my nutrition specialist said I wasn't eating enough, and I had to reset my goals! LOL Makes it easier though--now I have less to lose, 5 pounds at a time--instead of a whopping big number! LOL
I am still working toward:
More stamina.
More energy.
More LIFE to love!

My Program:
UPDATE: For the last eight weeks I've been doing intermittent fasting under my doctors' supervision. A recent eye exam: my vision is 20/20 with my OLD glasses, and the cataracts are GONE! I have a hernia from the cancer surgery in May, but the abdominal specialist surgeon wanted me to lose weight... the 14 pounds I've lost since are going to help in the next surgery. LOL
I reset my ticker every year on my birthday, to track yearly progress: my plan is to use the nutrition, fitness and other goals trackers daily~or as often as I am allowed access~ not only for better health but with unrelated goals as well. I am continuing to study about the specific needs of my own body, and integrating new precepts with my health protocols will continue to be part of my life. I always find creative ways to work with my medical issues and disabilities. I will post online as often as possible, and TRY to stay informed. LOL
...and oh, yes...

Personal Information:
I am disabled, receiving government benefits...praying they will continue!... and finally DOING the things I love that I can still do, especially singing! And I'm still teaching myself to play my "new" antique piano! A friend gave me the Children's Song Book for Christmas, and it's so much fun to play the lovely, simple melodies...
I've had a few of my poems published, but a hard drive crash ate my first attempt at a novel...
As much as I'm able I'm using my love of set design, building, etc, to create a bright, serene environment for myself and my three furbabies, Licorice, Isis and Amigo. Licorice and Isis are cool, bonded since 2007... unfortunately, my past blogs about Amigo have been deleted--he's amazing! He was feral ten years ago and is still leery of strangers, but loves to cuddle with me...
I love the Renaissance, fantasy and sci-fi conventions; theatre and music events; reading, especially Tolkien--but several yrs ago I was blind for 6 wks and then there were catarac

Other Information:
I live in Tacoma, Washington, which is in the greater--and WETTER-- Seattle area... LOL
In 2012, after 22 yrs together, my DXH left... Oddly enough, still friends. He moved back to WA from TX in 2016, and did a lot of the driving for me so I could heal after surgery on my hand--and moved into the apartment next door! Since then? Corona virus lockdown craziness!... still thinking I should write a melodrama or soap opera...LOL
I have cats (2 males, 1 female--pics in my gallery) The older two were a gift from DXH before the split, and pure joy. My other little one was feral in 2010; now he lives inside--he's adjusted well, but spooks and runs to hide under the covers on my bed when any thing new occurs. We're happy in our home and he loves to cuddle in the mornings-- I am working on ways to make it work so I can stay here.
So much joy to life... the sorrows only show me how much we are loved; without sadness we would never appreciate what we have!...
Life is full of challenge

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    Hi Kathy,
    I am so glad to hear that you are healing well. The newest members of your family are so adorable and frisky. They llok like they are happily enjoying their new home too. It is getting warmer here in sunny Arizona and our tree in the front yard is finally getting new leaves again (we were starting to wonder if it was going to make it or not). Hugs!
    4614 days ago
    Hi Kathy
    I just wanted to let you know that you have been an inspiration for me since the day I signed onto Managing Diabetes. Not to discredit any of the others, but you always have a bright disposition and you are to the point and very frank. I find your posts and your lovely profile pic very inspiring to keep myself on track. I am new to this diabetes thing, and I have learned so much from you, but that is nothing compared to how it makes me feel that there are people out there who continue to take the day by the reigns and live with a great attitutude such as you put forth. Thank you for your kindness in sharing your wisdom and feelings, and I wish you well with your recovery from surgery and all the trials you have to endure. You inspire me to take one day at a time and see the future as a journey to behold. Cheers to you!

    4614 days ago
    Thanks for the welcome on Movie Lovers. You look wonderful and I hope your health improves and allows you to pursue what you love doing. Best of all things, Michelle
    4620 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie! I love it! I hope you are having a great week. Mine is ok. My Aunt died today it was her 79th birthday. Other then that. I'm doing good.
    Have a blessed day! Jill
    4621 days ago
    I just wanted to say hello.. You are in my group. I'm new!
    I hope you are having a great week! I also have diabetes! You have a lot on your plate. I hope you are feeling well.
    4623 days ago